established in 1925
The property at the corner of Shaffer and 32nd Street, known as the old Tassell Ranch or Stormy Creek Ranch, is now the site of an equine therapy program and one of the most unique venues in the greater Grand Rapids area. Originally, this was a 700-acre cattle ranch owned by the McFarlanes, who built our beautiful mansion on the property in 1925.
In the mid-1950s Leslie Tassell purchased the property in order to build his tool and die plant on the northeast side of 32nd and Shaffer. With his love for horses, Mr. Tassel eventually moved his family into the house and began raising show horses, buffalo, and zebra among other exotic animals. Through the years, the property was slowly developed and the only remaining parcel was the 23-acre site with the horse barns, indoor arena, and the mansion. Ultimately, Mr. Tassel and his family moved out of the house and it lay vacant for over 15 years.
In January of 2016 Dwight and Karen Strayer discovered the property as a perfect place to house EAD (Equine Assisted Development) where horses are used in a non-riding program to help empower and teach one’s potential for greatness to families at risk, underprivileged children, and rescued victims of human trafficking. They created a profit-for-non-profit organization called 3TwoRanch and immediately began renovations on the property. By May of that same year, EAD was able to move their horses and operations to the newly renovated ranch.
While the first purpose of 3TwoRanch is to support and enable EAD, The Strayers wanted use the Mansion as a space that fosters life and hope that will continue to give back to the community. The restoration focus then turned to the beautiful 1920’s home on the property. The decision was made to convert the house into an event center named Venue3Two. The house took over a year to restore into what it is today. The plans for the stunning new Conservatory that will accommodate up to 200 guests are in the works. The entire property will continue to be improved into what will be an equine estate setting for beautiful gatherings, events, and weddings.
Venue3Two’s goal is that through our event space we can support EAD’s operating costs as well as other organizations with a similar mission. The success of this venue will create space and support for helping to empower, heal and assist our neighbors in the Kentwood and Grand Rapids area.